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James Blackmon was named head boys basketball coach at Marion (Ind.) on Wednesday night, according to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. The Marion School Board unanimously approved the hiring of the 1983 Marion graduate whose uniform number is retired.

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James Blackmon Jr.

Over the last nine years, Blackmon compiled a 146-63 record with a pair of Class 2A state titles at Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.). He actually left Luers in 2011 for the Marion job, but returned to Fort Wayne three weeks later, citing family reasons. During the two ensuing years, Marion posted a losing record under Billy Shepherd, who resigned.

The landscape could change in Marion and the overall state with the arrival of Blackmon's sons, who should form a dynamite backcourt.

James Blackmon Jr., a 6-foot-2 rising senior, had six 40-point games this year and averaged 33.3 points - which was tied for No. 9 in the nation - and 7.9 rebounds. He has committed to Indiana University and is a Mr. Basketball candidate for 2014. He also was a MaxPreps honorable mention Junior All-American choice.

Vijay Blackmon is a 6-1 rising sophomore who averaged 12.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. He also has a scholarship offer from Indiana University.

It is hoped that James Blackmon, who was one of Marion's greatest players, will be able to restore the prestige to a program that has notched five state championships.

* The Indianapolis Star reported today that Stan Benge has been named head girls basketball coach at Roncalli (Indianapolis). The 59-year-old Benge compiled a 519-126 record with four state titles at Ben Davis (Indianapolis), but had spent the last two years as an assistant women's coach at IUPUI.